I’ve really missed writing these dispatches to you, but I’m back. On Sundays, I’m going to share stories, tips, and other cool stuff that will help you make what you feel most called to make, and muster the courage to share it, if you’re into that sort of thing (my vote is yes, you absolutely should share it!).
And now, an update: After 48 years of living in Illinois, I relocated with my fam to Colorado in May.
Because I wanted to.
That’s why updates here have been scarce. My husband moved west in March to start a new job and I stayed behind to list, show and sell our home of 14 years in lovely Woodstock, Illinois. Then my three kids, brother with Down Syndrome, and I joined my husband and our two pet birds in a short-term rental home for two months while we waited to close on our new home in Loveland, Colorado.
To recap: Two moves, six humans, two birds, three months.
Whew! I know right?
We love it here. It’s been so much fun getting to know a new place, and developing resiliency of epic proportions in the face of so many changes, obstacles, and delights, both great and small. So many things are different from the Midwest, like:
- “Fire” is part of the regular weather forecast.
- And, just for variety, so is hail.
- But most of the time, it’s sunny with bright blue skies and low humidity. ::happy sigh::
- In some areas, you can be outdoors past dusk without literally being carried away by mosquitoes. (Who knew?)
- Nearly everyone looks like they’re dressed for a hike or a bike ride, because they are.
- Being a “Colorado Native” is a point of pride, but newbies are still warmly welcomed, probably because there’s more of us these days.
- People wear cowboy hats on days that aren’t Halloween.
- Ungulates! So many ungulates!
- Oh yeah, and rattlesnakes. Haven’t heard or seen any yet, but I’m told they’re ubiquitous on certain trails.
- Retailers display Broncos gear instead of Bears stuff.
- Craft beer and great coffee are considered major food groups.
And so, 30 years (yes, 30) of seeing cloudscapes in Illinois and wishing they were mountains, I’m here. I hope I never stop thinking “Pinch me!” every time I see the Rockies. Part of me can’t believe I’m here, and part of me feels like this was always meant to be.
That’s my update; now on to the Sunday Session written just for you:
How long are you willing to wait?
Thirty years is a long time to wait for something you really want. My husband and I talked seriously about making this move over a decade ago, but we were too overwhelmed by all that needed doing, and quite frankly, too scared to make such an epic change. But! But. Even though it took longer than we would’ve liked, I’m so glad we finally did it. And I’m proud of all of us; we’ve found resiliency and humor and support from untold sources that we’d never dreamed were possible. And things went wrong, too — really, really wrong — at times. That’s where that resiliency and humor and support really came in to carry us through.
There’s an analogy here, right? That novel. That screenplay. That career change to or from self-employment. That side hustle you know is amazing but feels like One More Thing atop a mountain of To-Do’s. But here’s the thing: Do you want to wait 30 years, or three, to fulfill a big creative dream you’ve got waiting in the wings?
I started the Going Deep Writing Workshops when I realized that I didn’t write essays while I was a freelance writer because more easily lucrative writing gigs, plus having and raising babies, took the front seat. But what if I’d just worked on one, or set a goal to publish three a year? What if I’d slotted that deeply held dream into my list of priorities, even if it wasn’t on a grand scale? What if I’d recognized the importance of that desire to write in my own voice and honored it by taking steps to accomplish it?
That is exactly what the Going Deep Writing Workshops are all about; you can read more about that below
Even if you’re not a writer, this idea applies to you, too: How long are you willing to wait?Are you willing to let your life pass by without starting and then finishing that one project you feel most called to accomplish? This could be moving somewhere you love, or changing careers, or starting a business, or writing a screenplay. Wouldn’t you like to be able to say, “I’m so glad i finally did it.”? Wouldn’t you like more resiliency and humor in the face of setbacks and a concrete plan of action to keep you moving forward? That’s whereone-on-one coaching comes in, along with workshops like mine.
I’ll leave you with a question before I share a bit more about the upcoming workshop.
What one project — creative or otherwise — have you been waiting to start on? What’s the biggest thing holding you back? Overwhelm? Fear? Lack of time? Not enough money? Something else?
Leave a comment here and tell me about it! I love hearing from readers, and your feedback helps me be a better coach and writer, so thank you.
Is it time to commit to that project you’ve been stalled on, or maybe stalling about? Going Deep is an intensive workshop that combines clarity about how and why you spend your time, accountability, and weekly email writing wisdom and group coaching sessions. At minimum,YOU WILL LEAVE THIS WORKSHOP WITH A SOLID WORK-IN-PROGRESS.
The next Going Deep Writing Workshop begins Saturday, September 24, 2016. Are you going to join the next group of writers who are ready to stop stalling and get writing?Note: This may be the last time I run this workshop in this 12-week format. I’ve got big plans for writers for 2017, yo.
Registration opens on Monday, August 29th, but if you sign up to get these updates via email, you’ll get access to my sweet early bird discount! Click here to subscribe.
Here’s what participants in prior Going Deep Writing Workshops have to say about their experience:
“Thanks to Going Deep and Toni, I’ve made tremendous progress on my writing project AND my writing process. The information, insight, and momentum I’ve gained will continue to propel my work long after the end of the workshop.” —Sarah Parisi, Going Deep Writing Workshop alum
“Life is busy and yet we yearn to chase our dreams. But life is busy, so we push our dreams back in order to get the bills paid. Yet, a longing stays with us that can’t be filled until we answer the call. And this workshop will call you out to answer your own call. If you’re ready to stop being too busy with life and finally follow your writing dreams, this is the workshop — and leader — you NEED. —Angela Giles Klocke, Going Deep Writing Workshop alum
I know, right? These people are WRITING, even after the workshop has ended. Practices are in place, momentum is building, and nothing’s gonna stop them.
Do you want a piece of that? Then join us in September for the next workshop!